In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 23rd, September, 2020

Two Years After, NDDC Lastly Agrees To Launch Funds For Its ‘Students’

Two Years After, NDDC Finally Agrees To Release Funds For Its 'Scholars'


The Niger Delta Improvement Fee

In line with PREMIUM TIMES, after two years of delay, the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC) has lastly agreed to launch funds for the remaining Nigerian college students below its overseas scholarship programme.

The scholars, near 100 in quantity, belong to the 2018 batch of the scholarship programme.

They’ve remained stranded in the UK after the NDDC administration repeatedly excluded them from funding for about two years.

The scholars held a protest in entrance of the Nigerian Excessive Fee in London lately after the NDDC disowned them as “hirelings masquerading because the Fee’s students.”

They brandished their NDDC scholarship award letters throughout the London protest to show they weren’t “hirelings.”

An announcement issued on Monday by the NDDC quoted Cairo Ojougboh, the manager director, Initiatives, as saying that the delay in funding the scholarship was “attributable to many components together with the struggle by these against Mr President’s forensic audit of the fee which distracted the administration from working for a minimum of two months.”

Mr Ojougboh, with different NDDC officers, held a gathering on Monday with the aggrieved college students in London, the place he assured that cash for his or her tuition and maintenance can be launched quickly after some verification.

The scholars had been represented by Gobo Iyowuna, Kingsley Omokaro and Kayode Olugbemi, the assertion stated.

One of many college students who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES after the assembly stated he hoped the fee would “maintain to their phrases this time round.”

The scholars have been interesting for President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention within the matter.

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A gaggle within the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Rights Advocates, stated it was “one other joke taken too far” for the NDDC administration to have described the scholars as “hirelings.”

“Probably the most honourable path to take must be checking out all beneficiaries of its scholarship scheme, relatively than resorting to issuing pedestrian official statements that may exacerbate the already shameful state of affairs,”
the group stated in a press release signed by its spokesperson, Darlington Nwauju.

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